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They draw nearer to one another, Gamzatti and she, through a forest of slender female forms, leaning on each other for support and bending their bodies into supernatural shapes. One step at a time and Nikiya’s naked feet emit no sound as she moves across the ground, darkened shades cast by the women surrounding them on all sides crawling up her trouser legs. It is certain, it is only given that there should be no men in Paradise. That there should be no one but Gamzatti and herself, eyes fixed on one another, hands reaching -- and reaching into eternity.